Hello to everyone and though I’m not sure when you’ll be reading this, I welcome you anyway to the first #askNat for 2014 and hope you’ve had a Happy New Year! The question I’m addressing this week comes from Curtis Honeycutt of Indianapolis. Back in 2012, Curtis had sent in a previous question concerning a short session for Harry Nilsson’s Pussy Cats album in 1974, when John Lennon, who was producing the album, was paid a short visit by Paul McCartney (see that entry here). This time Curtis is back with a follow up question specifically about Harry, that reads as follows:
I just watched Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him)?. It seems like Harry was buddies with all four Beatles in the seventies, including Paul McCartney dropping in on a Nilsson recording session for his album, Pussy Cats, and recording the lackluster A Toot and a Snore in ’74 with John, Harry, Stevie Wonder and others. How important was Harry Nilsson in the lives of each of the Beatles?
Thanks for writing in Curtis. First off I want to clear up for those that don’t know – A Toot and a Snore in ’74 is the title of a bootleg release that contains a recording from Harry’s Pussy Cats session which is the only known recording (mentioned above) in which John Lennon and Paul McCartney played together after the break-up of The Beatles. It was recorded at Burbank Studios in Los Angeles, CA and also includes Linda McCartney, Jesse Ed Davis, Stevie Wonder on keyboards and others. John was producing the Pussy Cats LP at the time and Paul and Linda McCartney dropped in on this first night of the session, which was March 28, 1974. Only a few rehearsals were done that included the rock and roll standards “Stand By Me” and “Lucille.”